Thank you, Ronni, for bringing me down to earth regarding self-medication with Lasix. I called my doctor and was squeezed in today for blood work and an exam by the NP.. Blood was wbc 7, hg 13.2 and platelets 200.
It turns out that Gleevec can cause water retention. I've been on it for 3 weeks. The plan (doctor-approved!) is to take 40 mg of Lasix every other day through Tuesday, along with potassium. I'm to weigh myself everyday and track it. This makes sense. It will also make me feel less like the Michelin Man.